Tommy Puryear


Burnet's Bulldogger a Pro Rodeo Hall of Famer


Tommy Puryear, local rodeo champion, sits down for interviews after learning of induction into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.

By Savanna Gregg

Burnet Bulletin

December brings many different thoughts to mind — cold weather, Christmas, snow (for some), hot chocolate, lounging by the fireplace on Christmas Eve anticipating the arrival of Santa Claus.

But for over 100,000 people every year, December also means National Finals Rodeo (NFR) in Las Vegas, Nevada.

This week sees the kickoff of yet another NFR experience for cowboys and fans worldwide. The NFR has been a source of entertainment for rodeo fans since it was established in 1958. This year is no different. With this popular event just around the corner, Burnet County residents are reminded of the accomplishments of a local celebrity — steer-wrestling champion Tommy Puryear.

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